A car accident involving two vehicles just outside of Lake Charles last week left one teenager dead and two others in serious condition at a hospital. The driver who is believed at-fault in the accident was one of the people injured along with another passenger. A third passenger in her car was the person killed, and  authorities believe the driver may have been impaired at the time.

These types of accidents are usually thoroughly investigated. However, sometimes the families of wrongful death victims in Lake Charles have to wait for answers, especially if the case that resulted in a death prompts criminal charges.

While criminal charges can help hold a person accountable for breaking a law, they might do little to help the family of the person who died. Although nothing can undo a fatal accident, a wrongful death lawsuit could help the family of a victim seek compensation. This money can help the family pay for funeral and memorial expenses for the person. If the person was a significant income earner for the family, they might also be able to seek compensaiton for lost wages, and future expenses that the family might encounter because of their loss.

Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney in Lake Charles might be a wise decision for anyone who loses a loved one because of another person’s negligence. Personal injury attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these situations, and can help make sure the family gets the answers that they need after a significant loss.

Source: KATC, “Elton Teenager Dies in Calcasieu Parish Crash,” May 16, 2013